Canadian relief group put on terror list, accused of funelling money to Hamas
by Andrew McIntosh, torontosun.com, Apr. 29, 2014
“MONTREAL — The Canadian government added a Toronto-area Muslim relief organization to its list of banned terrorist organizations on Tuesday, accusing it of supporting the Palestinian terror group Hamas.
The move by Public Security Minister Stephen Blaney came a day after RCMP national security investigators quietly raided the same group’s offices in Mississauga and a Montreal home as part of a major terrorist financing probe, federal authorities said.
The government and RCMP claim the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy-Canada (IRFAN-Canada) transferred approximately $14.6 million worth of resources to various organizations associated with Hamas between 2005 and 2009, in violation of federal law.”…
…”Blaney said that by outlawing IRFAN-Canada, the government is sending the strong message that Canada will not tolerate terrorist activities, including financing of terrorist groups.
“IRFAN-Canada has knowingly financed Hamas, a listed terrorist entity, for many years. The well-intentioned and charitable Canadians who sought to support humanitarian relief through this organization deserve better,” Blaney said in a statement.
Tom Quiggin, a Canadian intelligence specialist, said he believes IRFAN-Canada may have been created solely to circumvent the Canadian government’s previous attempts to block funding for Hamas through other charitable entities.”…